Tarte just has some amazing gift sets out this holiday season, and though I’ve been trying to hold off for the sales, I decided to cash in all my Ulta points and pick up this beauty.
The set retails for $48 and is available exclusively at Ulta and ulta.com. Let’s take a look, shall we….
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The Tarte Gorgeous Getaways Portable Palette set is a large(isn) vanity set housed in sturdy cardboard jewelry-box-style packaging.
The top lifts to reveal a mirror and a tray filled with 16 full-size eyeshadows and 4 of Tarte’s famous Amazonian Clay Powder Blushes, also full-size (!).
The palette also features a drawer nestled underneath, which pulls out to reveal 3 full-size Maracuja Lipglosses and a travel palette.
The blush/eyeshadow quads can be lifted out and placed into the golden bow-shaped portable palette (to see how this works, and for an even closer look at the product, check out my unboxing video at the bottom of this post).
It’s a good thing, too, since the palette as a whole is a little bulky and quite un-portable.
Do I have your attention? I have actually seen some sorry swatches of this palette going around, and I was getting worried that the quality of the shadows would be really poor. But no! I found most all the shadows swatched well, some looking absolutely stunning. The mattes are not the best ever, but so far I’m finding all of the shadows to be perfectly workable.
But I’ll get a review out when I’ve had time to fully test out the palette; for now, here’s a little taste.
From left to right:
Serengeti Sand is a matte beige, which is so close to my skin tone you can barely see it.
Buckingham Palace is a shimmery, taupe-y grey with cool, purple-y undertones.
Rocky Mountains is a warmer matte taupe.
Bordeaux is a deep shimmery plum.
Gold Coast is a metallic champagne-y gold (gorgeous!).
Eiffel Tower is a matte (mostly–maybe a touch satiny) charcoal
Space Needle is a shimmery warm taupe/beige with strong rosy tones.
Midnight in Paris is a deep matte charcoal with strong blue undertones.
From left to right:
Taj Mahal is a pale, shimmery golden champagne highlight shade.
Grand Canyon is a terracotta orange matte — probably the least pigmented of the palette. Even with the primer it didn’t want to build to opacity. Sheered out, it’ll make a nice nontraditional crease shade, though.
Big Ben is a matte neutral taupe.
Central Park is a matte blackened forest green.
Santorini Bikini is a stunning shimmery rose gold.
Great Sphynx is a warm, shimmery bronzed brown.
Pacific Sunset is a metallic copper shade with off-the-charts pigmentation.
Belgian Chocolate deep reddened brown with a satin finish.
Savvy is a warm rosy nude matte.
Ambitious is a dusty plummy pink matte.
Spontaneous is a bubblegum pink with pearly shimmer.
Lighthearted is a bright matte magenta.
Czech Me Out medium plummy rose with gold shimmer.
New York Minute is a milky bubblegum pink.
When in Rome is a coraly-y pink with gold shimmer.
All of the shades are fairly sheer.
I am planning on getting the Sephora “Tarte of Giving” set once the VIB sale rolls around, and when I do so I will do a post comparing the 2. For now, though, I thought some of you might wonder how the shadows in this palette compare to the eye palette from last year’s “Carried Away” holiday gift set, so I photographed the palettes side by side.
If you want to compare more closely, see my review with swatches of the Holiday 2012 Carried Away set here. I was impressed to see that the 2 palettes are quite different. This year’s palette is deeper and more neutral overall. There are some similar shades between the two, but even in most cases the finish is different. While last year’s palette is still one of my all-time favorites (awesome colors!), the new one is nothing to sneeze at, and I think they complement each other well.
If you haven’t yet, tune in to my YouTube channel so you don’t miss my full review. And until then, get a closer look at the palette in my Unboxing vid.